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“Charming” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Villabosque

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Hotel Villabosque
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Candiac, Canada
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142 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Charming”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2009

We had a very pleasnt stay at this hotel, located off-site of the main street of Manuel Antonio.

Pleasant atmosphere and friendly staff.

Lots of birds to watch, and quiet.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Miami
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2008

The rooms had bugs everywhere. The staff was Ok and the older woman who someone said was the owner was arrogant. I chose to stay here because the mane implies forest. Boy did I hear it from my girlfriend.

The tiny liitle room had towels with holes and the plumbing stunk. The bathroom was filthy. We left immeadiately the next day and they did not complain. The place was empty. The food was way overpriced and nauseating. Take my word and stay away from this place. I don't see how it stays in business

Stayed December 2008
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Thank Trymenow
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2008

Pleasant hotel close to the National park. Just about 400m to the park entrance area.
Rooms are fine with good quality but slightly old-fashioned funiture. Porch seating when it rains.
Beware of the 2nd row of rooms: the neighbor built a wall just 20cm behind the hotel windows, so about 40% of the hotel rooms are almost pitch dark!!! Don't accept these rooms for your stay. Only the rooms on the front row with view of the main entrance are good.
The pool is small on top of the first floor, but good enough after a day in the park.
Hotel bar and restaurant are fine and have a pleasant outdoor setting. Being the only guests was a little bit too very quiet. Walk down to the main road (300m) to find a few restaurants that are lively and actually better then they look from the outside.
There is one very slow (dial-up) internet terminal, where the hotels next door have high speed WiFi access.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank baron1953
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florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2007

Friends and friends this hotel this located in the center of manuel antonio near the beach very well and the national park manuel antonio, has pretty a personnel are very amiable the very clean and decorated rooms excellent. the truth is a hotel of first class is very contented and hopes to return. I recommend the food is one of best. thanks to all I can recommend it like of the best ones of the zone

  • Liked — first wonderful class !!
  • Stayed July 2007
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank tavito
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san francisco
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2007

Wen to to this hotel because of it's proximity to the park and the prices seemed reasonable. Well, bug mistake. The staff were friendly enough, which swayed us to take the room despite concerns about the room being dimly lit, cramped and the hotel as a whole lacking any real charm.

It was late, so we were convinced by the staff that everyting was closing and that we should eat there. Uggh. The world's worst margaritas - totally undrinkable. The food took very long, despite us being the ONLY customers, and then it was totally wrong. We clearly stated we were vegetarians and yet there was a pile of mystery meat in the middle of our nachos instead of the guacamole that we had to keep asking for. There were two TV's on different, annoying stations, plus music. It gave us a real headache, even without drinking the cheap tequila. (we found out later that there were many places still open at that hour, had they just been kind enough to share some options.)

The room was the real problem. We couldn't take showers because the water wouldn't come out of the shower, only out of a faucet that was about 4 inches from the floor. (It wasn't a tub) I had to cup my hands and splash the water on my head and body like an animal. After a 6 hour drive to get here, not exactly a relaxing welcome.

The next morning we tried to explain the problems. The staff kept telling me I didn't know how to use the shower controls. Ok, I only have 18 years of education and 10 years running complex projects, as well as having traveled to 30+ countires with all manner of plumbing. These were standard western plumbing fixtures. They made me show the housekeeper who claimed that the tiny trickle coming out of the shower and the gush from the faucet was "normal".

After asking to speak to the manager, the rude owner eventually appeared and treated us like criminals. She wouldn't even look at us in the face and just kept saying things to the reception guy who interpreted "she says it's your fault". She would make comments and laugh at us. It was unbelievable. This went on until we just threw in the dingy towel.

Uggghhhhhh!

Well, we drove around the area a bit and quickly found that there were many choices where the staff and the owners were very friendly, open to negotiate better rates and gave us a choice of rooms. We moved to Hotel Manuel Antonio and had a great rest of our stay in the area.

Save yourself a real headache, DON'T DO VILLA BOSQUE, which should be called Evila Boss instead.

  • Liked — leaving!
  • Disliked — the owner
  • Stayed April 2007
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank bonpersona
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Milwaukee, Wi
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2007

Due to previous reviews almost avoided staying. Yet, I did and was delighted. Excellent bed. Small, but very nice room and balcony. Very nice staff.

Stayed April 2007
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Santa Monica
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2007

My friend and I had a horrible experience at the Hotel Villa Bosque. We arrived in the evening and stayed at this hotel because all the others were fully booked. The room was small, poorly lit, and dirty. The towels looked like cleaning rags. We tried to take showers and found that there was no hot water. Then the water stopped altogether. When we went to the front desk to inquire, no one was there and the office was dark. The next morning we explained the situation to the front desk clerk and asked to speak to the manager (named Ana). We were told that she was not there. When we told him we did not feel we should pay the full rate, the manager suddenly materialized. We took her to the room and showed her that there was no water, and requested a discount off our rate. She blatantly refused and said it was our fault that we didn't let someone know the night before (even though all the staff had left!). She threatened to call the police if we didn't pay the full amount immediately. I am a very frequent traveller for both business and pleasure and have NEVER in my entire life been treated so rudely, nor stayed in such a horrible hotel. I would not recommend anyone stay here under any circumstances!

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Disliked — Lack of cleanliness, hotel owner, food, room size, no water
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank glitzern
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Property: Hotel Villabosque
Address: 150 meters from the entrance to Manuel Antonio National Park and 150 meters from the beach., Manuel Antonio National Park 79-6350, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Green Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Villabosque 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Bosque Hotel is an exclusive small hotel next to Manuel Antonio Beach and National Park. Here you can take some time to yourself and relax in this amazing combination of beach and tropical rainforest. It’s the ideal starting point to visit some surrounding locations as the National Park, nearby rafting rivers and canopy tours, surfing or horseback riding. For those who prefer to relax Espadilla Beach a soft white sand beach or Villa Bosque’s beautiful pool. ... more   less 
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